Rental red tape will push up housing costs

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


Renters in cities like Auckland and Wellington will be paying higher rents as a result of Phil Twyford’s proposed ‘Healthy Homes Standards’, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“NZIER’s cost-benefit analysis of the new standards notes ‘landlords facing the cumulative cost of complying with several standards may face costs up to around $10,000 for an average sized New Zealand house’.


“It goes on to say that the ‘tighter the rental supply relative to

No foreign aid until Nauru respects basic rights

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


“The New Zealand Government should be sending Nauru a stern warning that millions in foreign aid will be cut if it does not respect basic human rights”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Authorities in Nauru detained TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver for interviewing refugees on the island.


“A free press is a critical part of a democratic society and no state should interfere with journalists doing their jobs.


“New Zealand taxpayers will

Kids not fodder for te reo experiment

BY ACT at 3 September, 2018


“Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s suggestion that te reo Māori should be made compulsory in schools is divisive, exploitative, and doomed to fail”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Mahuta is saying that New Zealand children, instead of being thinking and valuing individuals with unique dreams and aspirations, must become fodder for an ideological experiment.


“There is nothing wrong with schools offering te reo Māori. There is nothing wrong with students satisfying their

Nats’ fuel tax bill should go further

BY ACT at 3 September, 2018


The National Party’s bill scrap Labour’s regional fuel tax is positive but needs to go further, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“ACT welcomes National’s commitment to lower taxes, but they should also take up a couple of other suggestions.


“Auckland desperately needs road pricing which has helped to reduce congestion in London, Stockholm, and Singapore by 20 per cent.


“Other businesses – airlines and accommodation, for example – adjust their prices

Bad behaviour shows PM needs Smaller Govt Bill

BY ACT at 31 August, 2018


“Bad behaviour from her Cabinet colleagues suggests the Prime Minister will soon run out of ministerial talent and should consider adopting ACT’s Smaller Government Bill”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The Bill would restrict the number of highly-paid Ministers to 20, providing much more focus and accountability inside Cabinet. It would also cut the number of MPs to 100 and remove the Māori seats.


“After incidents at a youth summer camp, and